Today, optical discs are continuously dying off since more streamers opt to stream their content. The reason for this is because people choose convenience over quality; but of course, there are still people around who aspire to higher standards.
Often, these people wouldn’t want to give up their SACDs and Blu-rays to view compressed films and listen to altered audio that sounds completely different and unrecognizable. But if you’re just like us, discs are beginning to fill out each corner and every available space that we have. So with that, the best option to go for is media servers.
Thankfully, Zappiti decided to produce a much cheaper alternative to this, and it is the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR. The company manufactures and designs professional-grade and top-notch Video Management Systems, offering you the best, most outstanding, and well-performing products for the best possible user experience.
All the designed products from Zappiti provides everyone with intuitive and convenient access to their whole film library collection. What makes this even better is that they are all in stunning high-definition 4K resolution. Their devices, such as the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR, are successfully utilized for improving the film viewing experience of every individual. Whether they’re in commercial or residential environments all over the world, everyone will surely enjoy viewing with the Pro 4K HDR.
This product from Zappiti is the result of a full year of comprehensive development and research. It combines notable performance with a highly unique style for high-end home entertainment.
Has the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR piqued your interest, or do you think it’s something you’d need? If that’s the case, then we’ve got you covered. Today, we will focus on the Pro 4K HDR from Zappiti and learn more about it, what its features are, its specifications, performance, and if it’s something worth purchasing.
Zappiti Pro 4K HDR Review – What’s in the Box?
The Zappiti Pro 4K HDR comes in your regular-looking cardboard container with just a few details written on it. Though the company aimed for a simple design, they made sure that the package is durable and sturdy enough to protect the device while in transit.
Inside the box, you will find the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR itself. It is set securely in place so you won’t have to worry about it moving around when delivered to your home.
There are other items available in the package. These include the power cables for every region, a transformer that you can find within the unit, a quality HDMI sleeved braided cable, and a single Ethernet cable – the Cat-5e). Not only that, but the box also features an IR extender, one backlit IR remote, one USB flash drive for restoring, and detailed documentation for using the product.
Zappiti Pro 4K HDR Review
The Zappiti Pro 4K HDR is an impressive unit that features a clean-cut design and a premium look with its black brushed aluminum surface. It has silver rounded feet which adds to its classic look. In front, you will find the HDD lid which sports the letter “Z” in a circle.
The lid reveals two 3.5-inch HDD trays. Both the HDD lid and the trays feel sturdy and durable, which should cause no damages and other issues when you use it regularly. On the right portion next to the HDD lid is the gold-plated 6.3-millimeter headphone jack, while on the left is the power button. Under the headphone jack and the power button, you will find one USB port.
Mounting your HDDs is easy and secure. You can use up to 16 Terabyte HDDs for each tray, giving you 32 Terabytes of storage space. This amount of storage is often enough, even for the most demanding users.
At the back of the media player, you get extended connectivity with some options that you can’t find in other devices. There are three HDMI connections. You will find two HDMI outputs; one is only for audio out, which you can use if you have a receiver that isn’t compatible with 4K pass-through.
It allows you to directly connect the HDMI main to your TV or projector and the audio output to your receiver for HD audio. For the third HDMI connection, this is the input for video recording. With this, you can record any HDCP-protected input of up to 1080p with stereo sound in MPEG4 or TS format, giving you a recording that is of above-average quality.
Another premium feature of the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR is the Zero Signal, which is an additional RCA to achieve excellent grounding. It is the port where you connect the IR remote extender that comes with the media player. Zero Signal is for remote placement of the primary unit. In case you are using wired LAN connectivity, you can disregard the Wi-Fi antennas since both are detachable.
As for upgrades, the most significant one would be their new power supply integrated into the chassis. The Zappiti Pro 4K HDR sports a massive R-Core transformer to enhance the product’s efficiency. It also helps decrease interference for a cleaner and more seamless playback performance for audio PCM. Opening the top lid, we were delighted to see a pleasantly clean design, as well as a notable choice of parts.
The Zappiti Po 4K HDR has a Direct Output function which lets you show videos in its original frequency and resolution. It does not require scale processing. And in instances the resolution or frequency is insufficient for any video standard, Zappiti automatically adjusts the output video signal by utilizing the nearest frequency and resolution.
This new feature allows for significant improvement in the picture quality on Blu-ray ISO and SD content. If you are using high-end projectors or if you are a specific scaler, you can also tweak the Direct Output to match your display.
Ultra HD 4K
Zappiti Pro 4K HDR comes with HDMI 2.0a output which is the most compatible with the newest 4K video content such as HDR and 4K60p. Zappiti MagicPixel increases the quality of your video files up to UHD, which is equal to 3840 x 2160 into Full HD by four times.
HDR > SDR
You don’t have to worry if you don’t have an Ultra HD 4K display available. It is because Zappiti Magic Pixel turns Ultra HD video content into absolutely high-quality 1080p uncompressed 4:4:4 video. With that, you can enjoy 4K content displayed on Full HD 1080p. The conversion process improves a video’s resolution by around 30%, which is better than Blu-ray on a 1080p display. Additionally, BT.2020 BT.709 conversion (3DLUT) perfectly converts HDR to SDR to achieve excellent color grading. Zappiti MagicPixel gives everyone the chance to enjoy the benefits of 4K without requiring large screen displays.
Support for HD, UHD, and Blu-ray Menus
When you display the Blu-ray, DVD, and UHD menus, you can access the additional content, bonus & extras, bookmarks, as well as the director’s cut or a theatrical version of a film. It’s compatible with ISO BDMV and ISO. If you refuse to display the menus, you can quickly begin a movie without trailers or warnings. It also supports smooth branching without trailers or directors cut editions.
The new Zappiti Pro4K HDR sets an entirely new standard in Media Center with astonishing motion design, 3D effects, reflections, skins, and GUI. Zappiti provides settings that let you enable or disable movie covers, light effects, and other visual features.
Sagas films are automatically categorized into groups and arranged by release date. There is also a display of group or movie-related saga cover for each collection. The categories appear in a stunning carousel display with stunning 3D motion effects.
Parental control is where you can assign which movies are for kids and block their access on others using a PIN code. With that, they can safely access their videos. Child mode also makes using the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR easier since they will have direct access to movies without the synopsis. Lastly, it can block their access to certain functions such as editing or deleting movies in your Zappiti collection.
Storage of the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR is expandable up to 32 Terabytes, and the compatible operating systems include Android 6.1, Bluetooth 4.0, and GooglePlay.
Available video outputs for the product are one HDMI 2.0a and a composite RCA. Its audio outputs include one HDMI 1.4, a digital optical, digital coaxial, and an analog stereo (RCA).
The Zappiti Pro 4K HDR has a ¼-inch connector for headphones, and extra connectors on the product include an RH-45 and five USB connectors. For the Ethernet, Zappiti Pro 4K HDR uses Gigabit Wi-Fi 5GHz.
Video modes available include 4096x2160p, 1080p, 720p, 3840x2160p, and PAL /NTSC, while it has SDR, HDR, and HDR to SDR conversions for its displays. As for the framerates, there are 60, 23.976, 25, 24 30, 29.97, 59.94, and 50Hz available. Video formats of the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR include BDMV, MOV, MKV, MP4, AVI, TS, M2TS, FLV, VIDEO_TS, and ISO (BD, DVD, UHDBD, and BD3D). Plus, it also uses HEVC, MVC, H.265, AVC, H.264, MPEG-2/4, VP9 for video codecs, and has a 10-bit, REC 2020 signal depth.
Of course, there are also compatible audio formats for the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR and these are DTS, AC3, FLAC, MP3, WAV, ALAC, AIFF, APE, AAC, M4A, RA_COOK, MQA, LPCM, and OGG (Ogg/Vorbis).
The Zappiti Pro 4K HDR measures 17 x 13 x 3.4 inches (W x D x H) and weighs a total of 16.5 pounds. Zappiti also included a 2-year warranty for their product.
Using the Product
Usually, we focus on the user interface and software when reviewing media players. But when it comes to the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR, it displays a fascinating image that is better than what we’ve seen from streamers such as Apple TV and Roku.
Stored content has an advantage when it comes to quality, and this is all thanks to its decreased compression levels as well as support for object-oriented and lossless audio. The processing of videos used for the Pro 4K HDR rivals some of the best and top-notch disc players available
The Zappiti Pro 4K HDR covers 24p, HDR, as well as ultra HD, and its audio quality is something we consider exceptional. It is because it equals the sound quality found on UHD discs and Blu-rays. The reason for this is that the format is left unchanged, which is why we receive quality and excellent audio.
The UI of the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR is very user-friendly, and with the included remote, everything was a breeze. The remote’s keys were differently-shaped, but it allowed us to operate it efficiently, which is good. Though keep in mind that the IR emitters are beneath the handset’s slanted front edge. With that, you will need to point the remote straight towards the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR or slightly higher than its line of sight.
When we started watching videos, we had to search for the subtitles option to switch it off. It didn’t take a long time to figure out, and it was a very simple matter. We also found out that it was possible to change the color, size, and even the fonts of your subtitles, which was pretty convenient.
We also tried watching some older titles converted to Ultra HD. Colors were vibrant and rich with sharp details from the original movie’s solid contrast and elements. And with what we’ve seen, we think that every owner of legacy titles with surely enjoy their films just as much when they use the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR.
We used the Pro 4K HDR for almost a week, and we did enjoy watching the Ultra HD titles. But of course, we also loved the Blu-rays which looked great as well.
At some point, we also performed an update during the testing period, and as expected, everything went smoothly and trouble-free. Since the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR needs an internet connection at all times, the product will prompt updates when you switch on. The entire process of updating will only take a couple of minutes: here, we followed all the on-screen instructions, and everything went perfectly.
Overall, the performance of the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR was exceptional. Videos were clear, colors were crisp and vibrant, and there were no issues, lags, or problems throughout the whole testing period. Because of that, we’re giving the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR two solid thumbs-up.
Zappiti Video is the system where you manage your movie and TV series collections for multimedia players. It is compatible with Zappiti’s 4K HDR and Zappiti Player 4K unis. Unlike the Zappiti Media Center, which is the previous version of the system, Zappiti Video comes with a lot of new features and advanced technologies.
Zappiti performs an automatic analysis of your movies and series; then, it collects information such as its poster, the summary, and its wallpaper. As mentioned earlier, arranged files are available so you can sort your movies with filters and find these via the search engine.
Zappiti Video Control
You can control your Zappiti player with a virtual remote control that is accessible through your smartphone or tablet. With the remote, you can explore your movie collections and enjoy a lot of Zappiti’s new features such as editing a movie cover or movie sheet, launching a trailer, or assigning movies for kids, and more.
Music Playback without TV
Zappiti Music Control allows you to manage your the playback of your music from your Zappiti media player by using your tablet or mobile phone. Just choose the Zappiti media player you want to manage then everything will be under your control, even without a TV.
With Zappiti Share, you can share video files from your hard drives to different Zappiti media players, whether these are old or new. This feature allows you to take advantage of an actual multi-room video system and simultaneous playback up to 4 files in different rooms. Two are in Blu-ray quality while the rest are in UHD quality. You can also share other data, such as music and photos.
With Zappiti’s MagicPixel technology, you can enjoy an excellent picture quality that is better than the earlier generations. It brings enhanced accuracy, vibrant colors, dynamics, added contrast, better upscaling, and solid deinterlacing.
We had a great experience when we used the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR Media Player, and we have nothing to complain about it. With this, we no longer need home theater PCs and DIY movie servers.
Zappiti has an intuitive interface that is easy to use. It beats the UI of some of the best streaming devices around. Plus, it offers a secure and almost unlimited access to a vast range of content. All in all, it’s a single box that acts as a complete solution for home media.
We loved how the company made the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR with careful thought and engineering. Aside from almost unlimited access to media and user-friendly interface, they truly delivered unmatched resolution and high-quality audio output.
Regardless of your content, Zappiti will display your media files sharp and clear, with accurate colors and contrast. Overall, we enjoyed using the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR, and we highly recommend it for everyone who is looking for a full home media solution.